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How should parents handle underage drinking at parties?

As a Connecticut parent, you may want to keep your teenager away from parties with alcohol. However, you may find that the presence of alcohol and other substances is beyond your control if you are not hosting the party. Because of this, it is important to know how you and your teenager should handle parties.

HealthyChildren.org says that because adolescents often use social media to discuss parties, it can be difficult for you to make sure that no one brings alcohol. Instead, it is a good idea to communicate with your teenager. You should usually explain that you are available if he or she needs a ride home. Additionally, ask where the party will take place. This allows you to call the host's parents so you can ensure the party will be supervised.

This communication is important for a number of reasons. The chance that your son or daughter will try alcohol or drugs at a party decreases by 42 percent when you speak openly. Additionally, this communication can help your teenager understand that alcohol can make young people experience more mental impairment than adults.

If you are hosting the party, there are several steps you can take to ensure guests do not bring alcohol. It is a good idea to encourage your teenager to invite a small number of people and limit the party to invited guests only. Additionally, you should make sure that any alcohol in your home is kept out of sight. It is also a good idea to talk about party rules with your teen.

This information is intended to educate and should not be used in place of legal advice.

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